Western's Melvin top 2011 prospect

Louisville coach Charlie Strong was out recruiting locally last month. One of his stops was to Western High to check in on Leon Melvin, one of the state's top junior cornerbacks.

Louisville coach Charlie Strong is making a point to take back the city recruiting-wise for the Cardinals.

In his first week on the job, Strong secured commitments from four of the top juniors in Louisville. Last month, Strong was out in the city visiting with high school coaches and paid a visit to former Louisville star Lavell Boyd, now head football coach at Western H.S.

"He came by and it was real good meeting him," Boyd said.

Strong's target of interest at Western: 5'9, 165-pound junior cornerback Leon Melvin, a first team All-State selection.

"He didn't say anything about an offer," Boyd said. "I'm sure when he watches the film he'll like what he sees. Leon, in my opinion, is the best cornerback in the state. He has time to impress [Strong] and I'm sure he will. It's just a matter of time."

Though Strong didn't meet with Melvin during his visit, he did ask Boyd about the talented junior defensive back.

"He did ask about him and inquire about him and I told him he's a good young man," Boyd said. "He's taking care of business in the classroom. He has a 3.3 grade point average and he's the type of kid you want in your program."

Melvin recorded ten interceptions this season and has made 19 interceptions so far during his high school career.

"Leon is going to surprise a lot of people," Boyd said. "He reminds me of [Vikings corner] Antoine Wingfield. He's not very big, 5-8, 5-9, he'll hit you and his ball-skills are unbelievable. When the ball is in the air it's not just the receivers ball Leon turns into the receiver. He's a heady football player."

Though Melvin is still waiting for his first offer, he's getting interest from a host of Division 1 programs, including Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville.

"He has a lot of interest. A lot of people are asking about him," Boyd said. "We're sending film out to Scout.com so people will be a little more familiar with him. I'm a former Cardinal myself and I would like to see him stay home. There are still other options out there but growing up Leon wanted to play for Louisville."

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